Some good

During the blog hiatus between 2004 and August 2006, we weren’t exactly idle. One of the projects conceived, executed, and completed in January/February 2006 was building out a closet in the west bedroom. The original space was more of an attic storage area than a closet. All that separated the conditioned space of the bedroom from the unconditioned space of the attic was the closet door.

In fact, the goals of the project were, primarily, to stop heat loss thru the attic. Secondarily, create a “real” closet.

The start of framing

Looking into the original space, you can see the roof decking and the waste vent pipe. Virtually no stopping heat from leaving the room and exiting the attic vents.

Another view of framing

Thermal barrier…thanks Deborah and Mike

For the final finish, we matched the look of the downstairs bathroom closet, beadboard for the walls and simple moldings. We still needed access to the attic, so we built an insulated access panel.

First coat of primer

Detail in progress

Completed and in use

Detail of completed

The hanger pole is the same piece of iron pipe used as a hanger pole in the original attic space. We bought antique yellow pine for the floor. Still needed to stain it to match the rest of the room. The access panel turned out pretty well.

Access panel and finished floor


A couple of other pictures from this week, of course, highlighting the roofing activity.

Looking down from the addition at the scrapyard

Backyard view of the house


Eric and I are close to finishing the new roof. It’s supposed to rain on Thursday, Thanksgiving, so we’re trying really hard to get it all waterproof (not just water resistant) before then.

A series of “before” and “in progress” pictures:

East bedroom roof and addition before

During demolition

Same angle shot as demolition picture

The chimney and kitchen back roof before

The dreaded kitchen ceiling roof demolition

In progress, but looking much more waterproof

West bedroom roof, sagging gutter and all

Not quite the same angle, but you get the picture